Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Scientists track hepatitis C roots in Scotland

Scientists track hepatitis C roots in Scotland

The roots of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Scotland can be traced back to the Second World War, according to new research from the University of Glasgow.

The researchers showed that HCV entered Scotland during the 1930s and 1940s while also spreading to other countries throughout the world, probably through the mass treatment of soldiers in field hospitals.

In the study published in the Journal of Virology, scientists from the MRC-University of Glasgow centre for virus research and NHS virus diagnostics labs describe how they examined the spread of HCV across Scotland by comparing the sequence of virus strains in infected individuals across various geographical areas.


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